Dern, who is most well known for her role as Dr. Ellie Sattler in “Jurassic Park,” understands what it is like to survive as a young actress in the spotlight. The “wildest time” of her career, as she puts it, was after appearing in steamy roles in the early 1990s in “Wild at Heart” and “Rambling Rose.”
“I feel protective having started close to the age [Woodley] started,” Dern said. “The directors and writers and fellow actors I worked with, even at a young age, became my other family. And they, like Shai’s acquiring, were fiercely protective supporters.”
Woodley’s fame experience has been a unique one. On the red carpet, she is a woodland sprite in couture, greeting every stranger with a warm hug. Woodley has said she draws her own spring water, makes her own toothpaste and her own medicines. She sunbathes nude for the vitamin D benefits and eats clay. It’s a way-way-back-to-nature lifestyle spurred by her time in Hawaii when filming “The Descendants.”
“I was connected to nature for a long time, but being in Hawaii there’s a different energy there,” she said.
Now, thanks in large part to Dern and Woodley’s performances, “The Fault in Our Stars” and its emotional wallop should leave its mark on moviegoers, while Woodley stands on the brink of what could turn out to be a transformative time for her to step out as Hollywood’s new “It” Girl.
“It’s the year of the horse,” Woodley said, “year of freedom, strength, play, get out there, have fun. Last year was the year of the snake, shedding some stuff. But this year is fun.”